How To: Land a Job in the News Business

Monday, March 8, 2010

Are you tired of filling out applications for jobs and internships again and again without results?

According to Mashable's Jennifer Van Grove, clever applicants have now been applying and landing jobs via social networking sites.

Van Grove's first tip on how to interest potential employers through social media is to take a risk.

"Put yourself out there," she said. Employers will never know you are interested if you don't let them know.

Van Grove's second tip is a little trickier. She suggests tailoring your online application style to meet the needs of the business, according to their networking profile.

If a company is looking to hire an employee responsible for its Twitter updates, Van Grove suggests being creative and sending in an application 'Twitter style.'

Her third tip involves a little luck. Van Grove suggests keeping your eyes open for additional opportunities to come up even directly after others have failed. Sometimes you may not land the job you were hoping for. However, networks met through failed attempts can lead to an even better job.

Van Grove's last tip is on how to be the best candidate for a position. The trick is to really show a company what you can offer. This may mean intensely following potential employers on social network sites to determine their values and needs in an employee.

Then, with your new knowledge about the company, you can tailor your application to appeal to the employer's wants, needs, and even general interests learned from their social profiles.


Julia Robinson March 9, 2010 at 10:59 AM  

This was a great post, especially for us as young college students. Your lead caught my eye right away and the content was very good as well. Van Grove's tips were interesting, especially the one about sending in an application "Twitter style." This is just another crazy example of how the world as we know it is changing through technology and social media.

Ryan Fuerstenau March 9, 2010 at 11:07 AM  

I really enjoyed this post. The risk with using social networks to reach potential employers is there access to persenal information you may not want them to have. This situation is kind of a double edged sword. You really have to be careful and once a picture or other peice of information is online its nearly if not completely impossible to get rid of it.

Dana Lain March 9, 2010 at 11:51 AM  

This is really interesting since I am writing a how to story on applying for jobs after college. Career Services told me that internships and experience is still really important in order to give you that competitive edge. It's good to know that Twitter is something else we can rely on to help us get jobs after college.

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